Happy National Dog Day!
On Sunday, people across nation will celebrate the day designated by animal advocate Colleen Paige to honor all those dogs who bring in the paper, and all those dogs who are neglected.
Not to be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.
Paige, author, pet behaviorist and self proclaimed "pet celebrity lifestyle expert" founded the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network (AMFN), a nonprofit Christian faith based charity, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Since 2004 Paige says that National Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.
"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart..." Paige said, "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast.... and short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination - we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."
Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.
On Saturday, you can bring your favorite furry friends to the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market at the for a Pooch Parade and Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Anyone can participate—just fill out an application form at the Market Information Booth. All four-legged participants and their owners will receive treats.
Friends of the Market will collect items to support local animal shelters and rescues. They suggest contributions of dog food, cat food, kitty litter, toys, blankets, and bones, which can be dropped off at the Information Booth.
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